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Checking in with 'SNL' Halfway Through Season 39

We've reached the midpoint of SNL's 39th season — one that has optimistically been called a "transitional year," but one more commonly known as "the year the shit hit the fan with that whole black woman issue." Despite the fact that the bulk of the SNL coverage in fall 2013 has zeroed in on the show's diversity controversy, SNL has given us plenty of other things to talk about, from new cast members and emerging stars on the show, to surprise cameos and celebrity hosts who defied our expectations — in good and bad ways.

Unfortunately, few of those topics have gotten much ink in fall 2013 (outside of sites [...]

Watch The Roots and Miley Cyrus Do an A Cappella Version of "We Can't Stop"

Miley Cyrus was the only guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and once again The Roots demonstrated that they're the most gifted musicians in late night, if not all of television. This a cappella rendition of "We Can't Stop", which features the band as well as Miley and Jimmy in a Brady Bunch-style split screen, is simple but undeniably charming. Though for my money, it'll never rival their cover of the Sesame Street theme.

Miley Cyrus Is a Good Sport in Her 'SNL' Promos

Miley Cyrus is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, with musical guest herself, and she and Taran Killam recorded some perfectly charming, self-deprecating promos for the show. She seems up for making a joke or two at her own expense, so the new writers and cast members should have plenty of material to work with.

'SNL' Review: Not A Belieber

It's not easy to reconcile my preferences for the alternative comedy scene that this site represents and my admiration for an eternally mainstream show like SNL. I want a lineup of weird, dark premises and sketches that establish clear games… and then intentionally subvert them. I want sketches to end with Mr. Show-like transitions, with a character leaving the room and walking onto a new set, where a new sketch begins, and throwaway jokes from earlier sketches to reappear later, like Kroll Show is doing. I want an episode where Nick Offerman hosts, Garfunkel and Oates is the musical guest, Danny Pudi sits silently in the background of every sketch, [...]

SNL Recap: We're Also Sorry You’re Not Perfect, Miley Cyrus

Typically one can categorize a guest host’s overall contribution to an episode of SNL in one of two ways. The good ones — Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin — are beneficial to the show; their comedic skills complement those of the creative staff to produce a fun and memorable experience. The lousy ones — Donald Trump, Lindsay Lohan, Robert DeNiro from earlier this season — have a neutral effect; they’re difficult to work with and bring little the table, but at least they don’t get in the way too much.

To the fairer SNL viewer, while the host’s performance plays a large role in our overall enjoyment of [...]

The Complete Guide to Everything: Open Letters

This week Tim discusses having to find a new chiropractor who isn’t a racist, and his extensive collection of swords and letter openers. The idea of the Joker surrounding himself with henchmen with heart conditions is dissected before moving onto the main topic: Open Letters.

We discuss a man’s open letter to a restaurant demanding an employee be fired for not letting him wear his $1,500 creep toy as well as Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus. We also solve a listener problem concerning being on the other end of unrequited love while trying not to ruin Christmas for everyone.

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The Complete Guide to Everything: Modern Art

This week we’re talking about something neither of us is qualified to talk about in anyway whatsoever: Modern Art! But before the conversation gets all hoity-toity we discuss Tom’s love of summertime and seasonal beers. We also discuss the merits of possibly just putting MSG on all the food you eat to make it delicious and Tom recounts the time he ruined a turf soccer field by bleeding all over it.

As far as artists are concerned, we cover everyone from Banksy to Hanksy, making stops in between to discuss graffiti as an art form, adults who skateboard, Miley Cyrus, @Horse_ebooks, Sting’s real meaning behind The Police’s ‘The Bed’s [...]

What to Look Forward to in 'SNL' Season 39

Season 39 of SNL kicks off this Saturday night with Tina Fey, Arcade Fire, and a mouthful of new names for Don Pardo to read off in the opening credits. After several seasons of little turnover, the cast is experiencing a major upheaval, with six — six! — new cast members to replace the departed Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen. This is the largest staff hire in 18 years, tying the 1995-1996 season's addition of Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, and Nancy Walls. After the show's dismal 1994-1995 season, which saw near cancellation and the firing/resignation of 12 cast members, those six were [...]

Miley Cyrus Leads CBS to Weekly Ratings Victory Over NBC's Thursday Comedies

It's tradition at this point for CBS's one-two punch of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men  to trounce NBC's chunk of Thursday night sitcoms in the ratings, but this week, CBS had a little help from Miley Cyrus. According to TV By the Numbers, Big Bang scored a 4.7 rating with adults 18-49, up 4% from last week, and Two and a Half Men earned a 4.0, up 14% from last week thanks to a guest spot by Miley Cyrus. NBC's 8pm hour competition, 30 Rock and Up All Night, achieved a 1.3 and a 1.4, respectively, with 30 Rock staying steady from last week's ratings [...]

Miley Cyrus and Kenan Thompson's SNL Promos for This Week

Here's this week's SNL promo, featuring host Miley Cyrus and Kenan Thompson. Yes, she says "pretty cool," so it's a pretty good preview of at least one of the sketches we're guaranteed to see on Saturday.

'SNL' Review: Edward Norton Gets Into Character

Whenever the holiday season begins, a strange vibe settles in at SNL. The weeks blend together as sketches revolve around seasonal themes, with few exciting fresh ideas and a lineup of decent hosts with unmemorable episodes. Fall of last year was no different — Bruno Mars and Louis CK were highlights in what was otherwise a forgettable stretch including Daniel Craig, Christina Applegate, and Jeremy Renner. On the viewer side, this drop in enthusiasm is likely the result of the start-of-season excitement wearing off as we see the cast members fall into a familiar rotation. On the writers' side, perhaps it's a matter of fatigue, or limited options from [...]

'SNL' Review: No Escape from Miley Cyrus

After Justin Bieber hosted SNL last season, I concluded that SNL will never quite be the alternative comedy show we'd like it to be. There's no denying the show would be much funnier if producers only booked the heroes of comedy nerds to host the show, as it did last season with Louis CK and last week with Tina Fey. I've made the case several times that the show would be far better if only former cast members hosted — indeed, SNL has enough star alumni to fill a few seasons' worth of episodes.

But SNL isn't that show. The ongoing inclusion of performances by a musical guest [...]

Tina Fey to Host the 'SNL' Season Premiere; Miley Cyrus, Bruce Willis to Follow

Tina Fey is coming back to Saturday Night Live to host the season premiere, TV Guide Magazine reports. The musical guest for the September 28th first episode of the season will be Arcade Fire. Miley Cyrus will serve as host and musical guest for the October 5th episode, and Bruce Willis is set to host the October 12th episode with musical guest Katy Perry.

The season premiere will mark Tina Fey's third time hosting the show; she previously hosted in 2008 and 2010. It's the second time hosting for both Miley Cyrus and Bruce Willis. Cyrus previously hosted in 2011, while Willis hasn't hosted since 1989, before Miley [...]

Miley Cyrus Angers God In New Blasphemy Comedy

The Hollywood Reporter has deets about a Miley Cyrus' God-themed comedy, which, provided they go all Book of Job with it, could be pretty cool. Few details about the the high-concept comedy, which Cyrus will produce and star in, are available, though "it is understood to involve a broken promise to God." For example, a promise like "don't get filmed ripping bong hits" or "cut your damn hair more than once every seven years. Seriously, look at yourself in the mirror. It looks like a Wookie pelt."